Samsung had a few announcements at their Galaxy Unpacked event in NYC including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, a DeX dock for their new phone and an updated Gear 360 camera.
Galaxy S8 & S8+
Let’s start the biggest (and most leaked) announcement, the Galaxy S8 and S8 +. The standard S8 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a resolution of 2960×1440 while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Both have a bezel-less design with a smooth continuous surface with no buttons or hard angles. The Galaxy S8 & S8+ has support for HDR video and Samsung says the S8 is the first mobile device that has been certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium.
Inside, you’ll find a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. There will also be 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot.
On the front and back of both devices is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, so it’s durable and has a high-quality finish. Both the S8 and S8+ have a 12-megapixel rear-facing Dual Pixel camera with a F1.7 aperture and has been designed for the best low-light zoom and anti-blur photos. The front-facing camera is 8-megapixels.
The Galaxy S8 & S8+ will be running Android 7.0 with Samsung’s TouchWiz. The S8 will have a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8+ has a 3,500 mAh battery. The S8 and S8+ are also IP68 water and dust resistant, has a Always-on display and fast and wireless charging capabilities.
Since the screens on the S8 and S8+ are so large, they no longer have a physical home button or capacitive buttons. Instead, they’re virtual and customizable and the location of the virtual home button is pressure sensitive. The new phones has a 83% screen to body ratio.
Since the home button is gone, the fingerprint sensor has moved to the back of the device next to the camera. The front also has an iris scanner (which was featured on the Note7).
One of the biggest features of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is their new voice assistant called Bixby. To access Bixby, there is a dedicated Bixby button the left side of the phone. Bixby is more than just a voice assistant, it can also help and learns and adapts on the fly. It will even work in the real-world, like if you see something on a store window, Bixby can tell you more information about that item.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting April 21st and there will be five colour options, Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. But Canadians will only be getting Midnight Black and Orchid Grey.
The Galaxy S8 will cost $1,035 CAD off-contract while the S8+ will cost $1,115 off-contract. The S8 starts at $249.99 CAD on a 2-year contract and $319.99 for the S8+. If you preorder the Galaxy S8 and S8+ between now and April 20th, you’ll receive the new Gear VR with motion controller.
New Gear VR with Motion Controller
The new Gear VR with controller (which was announced at MWC 2017) has an interchangeable connector, so it will work with Samsung phones with microUSB or USB Type-C. The new motion controller will allow users to use motion controls while gaming in VR and the controller is powered by two AA batteries than can last up to 40 days with an average of two hours of use each day.
The new headset is compatible with the Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and will be available on April 21st for $199.99 CAD.
Samsung DeX dock
Samsung also announced DeX, which is a dock that will allow users to use your Galaxy S8 and S8+ in a desktop environment. The DeX Station is able to connect to any HDMI monitor and you can connect either a Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse. Think of it as like Microsoft’s Continum feature on their Windows 10 Mobile devices (like the HP Elite X3), where you can plug your phone into a dock and make it into a desktop experience, all being powered by your phone.
The DeX Station has two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, USB Type-C for power and a cooling fan. The DeX dock will also be able to fast charge your device quickly. The dock will retail for $149.99 USD and will ship in late April.
Samsung Connect Home
The Connect Home will also be compatible with Samsung’s SmartThings Hub and the Connect Home can be used as a hub to connect to Zigbee and Z-Wave compatible devices such as Philips Hue and Ring Video Doorbell.
Samsung hasn’t said when their Connect device will be available but it should be released in the next couple of months.
Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
Samsung also revealed a new version of their Gear 360 camera. The new camera will be able to shoot 4K video in 360-degrees. The new Gear 360 has dual-lens and can also shoot 15-megapixel photos.
You’ll also be able to livestream on the new Gear 360 on Facebook, YouTube and Samsung VR.
The Gear 360 (2017) will be compatible with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, A5 (2017) and A7 (2017). It will also work with iOS devices like the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and SE as well as Windows and Mac computers.